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INR 1400
Living Cost
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INR 4 - 5 Lakhs
Part-Time Jobs
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16 Hrs/Week
Work Permit
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1 Year

University Rankings

The Asian Tiger has become a prime educational hub with the only 2 Asian Universities amongst the top 15 QS Rankings, alongside the 3rd Best Business School worldwide.

No. of people going from India annually

The number of Indian students in Singapore is growing by 20% annually, with almost 10% of the international students migrating Indian.


The multicultural hub of commerce has sustainably maintained 3rd highest GDP per capita spending and unemployment rates below 2%.


A plethora of diverse communities, Singapore, presents an alluring lifestyle with the 9th Best rule of law, strict environmental cleanliness maintenance systems and among the top 10 for the best quality of life.

Work Culture

Singapore ranks No. 2 in producing, attracting in retaining talent worldwide through well regulated & managed work conditions and a flourishing entrepreneurial environment.

Get incredible opportunities to work and intern at firms like Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Dell & IHG as a part of your Merlion treat.

Small cost of living estimate

Despite being a comfortable and established economy, the average cost of living ranges between $9000-$14000, significantly lesser than other developed countries like US, UK and Australia.

The complete control and management of Singapore’s education is in the hands of Ministry of Education (MOE). With continuous endeavour from MOE, today Singapore can be considered to have a strong and well- reputed education system. As per a recent study Singapore is ranked fourth in terms of World’s Best Education System.

The entire education system of Singapore is broadly classified into following educational stages:

University Education

Singapore has six national universities, namely the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore Institute of Technology and SIM University.

The first two universities, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University , are public universities and provide a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs including doctoral degrees. Both these universities are listed in Top 50 Universities of the world.

The third university, Singapore Management University (SMU) , established in the year 2000 comprises of six schools that impart undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in Business Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law and the Social Sciences. SMU is Singapore's first autonomous government- funded university.

The next two universities, Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), are again autonomous government-funded universities. SUTD is established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University, and offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in varied Engineering Design courses. SIT was established in year 2009 and offers specialized degree programs in Engineering & Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Design, Interactive Digital Media, Education & Social Sciences, and Hospitality.

The last university, SIM, is the only national private university in Singapore. It was established in year 2005 and is dedicated to adult learners only. The university offers part-time degree programs only for working adults.

Vocational Education

Vocational training is provided by the institute of technical training. The government has pledged the equivalent of 1.6 billion US dollars to staff it up with more competent teachers, so that 1 in 4 of its students enter a polytechnic, instead of the current 1 in 5.

Tertiary Education

Students who completed their GCE O Levels may proceed directly to polytechnics. To enter university though, they must first pass their A Levels after studying for 2 years more at a pre-university. There are 5 polytechnics in Singapore, and 3 autonomous universities responsible for their own curricula.

Vocational training is provided by the institute of technical training. The government has pledged the equivalent of 1.6 billion US dollars to staff it up with more competent teachers, so that 1 in 4 of its students enter a polytechnic, instead of the current 1 in 5.

Quality of Education & Curriculum


Leader in Global Business Hub

Ranked by the World Bank in 2016 as the easiest country to do business with, Singapore continues to attract investors and companies thanks to its "business-friendly" nature. In short, there won't be any dearth of jobs in this country, which is quite a good reason for students to consider pursuing their higher education in Singapore.

Internationally valued degree

The National University of Singapore (NUS) ranks 17th, the Nanyang Technological University ranks 117th on the Global Employability University Ranking 2015 indicating that degrees from well-known institutes of Singapore are recognised globally by employers.

Quality Institutions

There are 34 universities in Singapore, of which six are national. The two best-known, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) both feature very highly in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, offering courses in a wide range of subjects to their student populations of over 30,000 each.

The education system of Singaporeadopts the western ideologies as well as methodologies to encourage the independent learning among students.

Popular student city

Ranked among the top five student cities in Asia, Singapore is all that an international student demands on the platter.

Courses in Singapore

Study in Singapore from India, choosing from a wide spectrum of courses as mentioned here. Students have scope to pursue education in diverse fields of specialisation such as

  • • Architecture and Building
  • • Agriculture and Environment
  • • Creative Arts, Communication, and Design
  • • MBA, Business and Management
  • • Arts, Social Science and Humanities
  • • IT and Computing
  • • Engineering & Sciences
  • • Tourism, Hotel and Food Management
  • • Law
  • • Health, Veterinary Studies and Medicine

Cost of Living


Standard of Living

One of the areas where Singapore scores high is the standard of living. This is one of the reasons why expats from all over the world move to Singapore. In fact, Singapore is regarded as the easiest city to adjust in Asia, specifically for international students.

Cost of Living in Singapore

Studying in Singapore is less expensive when compared to the US and the UK. The normal cost of living in Singapore is also very much lower than countries like Australia, Canada, the US and the UK.

Average Living Cost : S$10,000 (US$7,150) a year.

Accommodation expenses in Singapore varies depending on whether you rent a room (SGD 500 - 1,000 per month i.e. Rs 25,000 - Rs. 50,000 p.m.) or an entire apartment (SGD 2,200 - 3,000 per month i.e. Rs. 1 - 1.5 lakh p.m.) These prices are for public facilities; private rooms and apartments cost almost double this amount.

Transport costs within Singapore vary between SGD $100 - $150 (Rs.5,000 - 7,500) if you stick to just buses and train.The rail and bus network is quite extensive so you can balance your cost of living in Singapore by using these modes of traveling.

Cost of Education


According to an HSBC report published in 2014, Singapore is the second most expensive country for international students after Australia.

Average Annual University Fees : S$ 6,000

However, the cost of education differs in accordance to the level of study. Here is the average cost of study for an international student

  • • Diplomas 1 - 2 years: Around S$8000 - S$15000
  • • Bachelors 2-4 years: Around S$24,000- S$40,000
  • • Masters 1- 1.5 years: Cost- S$ 18,000- S$30,000

Cheaper than UK/ USA/ Australia

The best thing about studying in Singapore is its proximity to India which reduces the expenses incurred in this country as compared to major destinations like USA, UK, Canada or Australia. You can balance out your costs if you plan your expenses wisely (for e.g. use public transport which is quite extensive & affordable there.

However, the good news for Indian students is that 52% of international students in Singapore are eligible for financial aid from top Singapore banks .

Financial Aid


According to an HSBC report, Singapore is the second most expensive country for international students with the annual cost for student going up to $39,229.

However, the country provides ample opportunities in terms of funds for students

Study Loans

Students may opt to apply for a study loan, usually payable upon graduation or completion of the program, at favorable interest rates. Some educational institutions offer additional loans for miscellaneous expenses, such as computer loans.


International students may apply for bursaries to pay for their tuition fees and other expenses. Bursaries are grants awarded purely on the basis of financial need and usually do not exceed S$1,500 per academic year.

Bursaries tend to be administered by the educational institutions themselves. Please check with your educational institution to find out what is available.


Given the high cost of education, many universities in Singapore offer a wide range of scholarships to international students.

Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS)

If you're an international student pursuing a full-time undergraduate/ diploma course, the government would subsidise (reduce) your course fee, if you sign an agreement where you commit to work in Singapore for at least 3 years after graduation.


NUS - ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship (AUS) for ASEAN nationals, Nanyang Business School offers unlimited possibilities for students through a series of scholarships like APEC, LIEN, ASEAN, QS, among others.

Scholarships are also offered by big companies, charities and government

Such as Singapore Airlines (, Association of common wealth Universities (, Rotary Foundation (

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Tuition Grant Scheme

This scheme was introduced by the Singapore government for all international (non-Singaporean) students as a way to make the cost of tuition affordable.

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Work passes and permits

All foreigners who intend to work in Singapore must have a valid pass (commonly known as a work visa) before they start work. If you are engaging foreigners to work in Singapore, you must ensure that they hold a valid pass. Find out which pass is suitable, if they are eligible and how to apply.

Passes available for Trainees and Students

Training Employment Pass

For foreign professionals undergoing practical training. Candidates must earn at least $3,000 a month.

Work Holiday Programme

For students and graduates aged 18 to 25 who want to work and holiday in Singapore for up to 6 months.

Training Work Permit

For semi-skilled foreign trainees or students undergoing practical training in Singapore for up to 6 months.

Work pass exemption for foreign students

If you are holding a Student Pass in Singapore, you are only allowed to work if you meet specific requirements. Find out if you are eligible.

You are not allowed to work if

  • • You are not studying in any of the approved institutions listed below.
  • • You are an exchange student doing study modules in Singapore.

Working during vacation

You can work during your vacation without a work pass if you are

  • • A full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the approved institutions.
  • • Holding a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
  • • Aged 14 years and above.

Working during school term

You can work during the school term without a work pass if you meet all of the following criteria

  • •You are a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the approved institutions.
  • • You hold a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Additionally, your work needs to meet one of these requirements

  • • It is for a maximum of 16 hours a week.
  • • It is under an industrial attachment programme conducted by your university or educational institution. The industrial attachment can be either compulsory or elective but it must contribute towards your graduation requirements.

Multicultural Environment


International batch mates

You will not feel alienated in this country as you will see a lot of Indian and Asian faces in Singapore. Singapore contains incredible religious and cultural diversity. Here, you will get the opportunity of meeting students from all over the world. Students from more than 30 countries come to study at the top universities in Singapore.

This will get you the advantage of being familiar with an inter-cultural environment as well as excellent global networking opportunities. You can learn and exchange a lot of things with each other.

Clean and safe country

Singapore has been named as Garden City because the streets are lined with trees. There are so many green parks designed all around the island. The city is very clean and has very strict punishments for people who litter around.

Singapore is not only a beautiful and vibrant place to live, but also good in terms of safety. With extremely strict laws, it has very low crime rate. City streets and public transportation are completely secure for commuters. Moreover, drug abuse and ragging in college campus are strictly prohibited in Singapore.


The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living here. Singapore's principal religions are Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity.


Even though the national language of Singapore is Malay, the 4 official languages are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil & English, thanks to the multi-racial nature of Singapore. When it comes to everyday life, more than 75% of population speaks English too

It’s important to know that English is the official language of instruction in Singapore, so all international students who wish to study abroad in Singapore can expect courses taught in English.

Health Care in Singapore


Medical expenses in Singapore are relatively high and may lead to a financial drain if the illness requires specialist consultation, hospitalisation and/or surgery.

Group Hospitalisation & Surgical Insurance (GHSI)

The GHSI scheme is mandatory for all international students and Singapore Permanent Residents to subscribe to the GHSI Scheme. This is to ensure that students are covered in the event of emergency or illness.

Student Assist Insurance Plan

Student Assist is an insurance plan that protects you when you go overseas to study. With comprehensive cover for medical expenses, hospital visits and tuition fees, Student Assist gives you peace of mind and the confidence to pursue your educational aspirations, knowing we’ve got you covered.

Choose from multiple options to suit your needs, including optional benefits, individual or family plans and different durations of cover.

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Explore Singapore

  • • Name: Singapore

  • • Capital City: Singapore (3,547,809 pop.)

  • • Singapore Population: 5,460,302 (2013 est.)

  • • Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)

  • • Ethnicity: Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%

  • • GDP total: $325.1 billion (2012 est.)

  • • GDP per capita: $60,900 (2012 est.)

  • • GDP per capita: $60,900 (2012 est.)

  • • Language: Mandarin (official) 35%, English (official) 23%, Malay (official) 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil (official) 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9%

  • •Name (by population): Singapore's name translates into 'Lion City' although lions most likely never inhabited the region; it was probably a tiger that was first seen, mistaken for a lion

  • • National Day: August 9

  • • Religion: Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8

Permanent Residence

Based on the Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority, you would need to fulfill one of the following conditions of becoming a PR

For 1), you would of course need to meet a Singaporean, get married and then apply for the PR status.

For 2), you would need to convince a company (MNC or SME) to hire you as a foreigner, work for a certain period of time and satisfy certain income requirements. You would then be eligible to apply for PR.

For 3), Under the Economic Development Board's Global Investor Programme, you would be able to apply for PR if you do one of the following:

Typical people obtain their PR after getting a job here and staying in Singapore for a number of years.


For getting local employment, rules regarding that have been stricter in recent years, you would need to obtain a minimum sum of $3,300 for the employment pass (and there are further restrictions on that). With your master's degree, it may be easier to obtain that salary and more here.


The following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for permanent residence:

Documents Required

The forms to be submitted for the various schemes listed below are available online and at the Permanent Resident Services Centre

*Permanent Resident Services Centre

5th Storey, ICA Building 10 Kallang Road (Next to Lavender MRT station) Singapore 208718

Spouse/Child of a SC/SPR

Aged Parents of a SC

Employment Pass/ S Pass Holder (Applying under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme)


You are to submit the completed application form together with the required documents over the counter at Permanent Resident Services Centre*. However please note that the submission of PR application is by appointment only.

You can make an appointment through the following e-Service.

Visa Overview: Student Pass

Depending on the type of educational institution that a foreigner is intending to study at, the requirements and procedures for applying for a Student’s Pass will differ.


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